Hong Kong does not necessarily have to be all city slickers and high-end living. It is in fact a great city to explore with kids. Here is The Expat’s rapid-fire guide to what to do in Hong Kong en famille.
This had to be first, simply because it is the most obvious option. All the usual rides and attractions can be found here, but that doesn’t mean that it has lost any of it’s appeal. It might not be as large or as grand as it’s Floridian counterpart, but there is plenty here to easily lose a few days with kids. Interestingly, there is also a Disney dim sum which is at the Disneyland Hotel. It is best to buy tickets in advance and make any on-site restaurant bookings well in advance too.
Price: HKD$385 for children, HKD$539 for adults per day.
This is worth it for the spectacular views over Hong Kong online. What’s more, seeing the city with kids will be sure to offer you a fresh perspective. The photo opportunities (to send to family back home) are second to none but there is also more to see than just a view. There are plenty of cheesy but fun souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and a Madame Tussaud’s. There is also a playground for children in the middle of the complex. The Peak Tram is one of the best ways to get there, and kids will love it thanks to it’s Indiana Jones-esque climb up the hill.
Price: HKD $99 for adults, HKD$47 for children up the age of 11. These prices reflect a return trip and access to the Sky Terrace.
This may well be a once in a lifetime experience with kids, as the cable car ride up to the Big Buddha and Ngong Ping complex is delightful. You can choose to ride with others, in a private cab or in a glass-bottomed car. The latter may not be for the faint hearted but children are sure to love it. Prepare for some excellent views over Hong Kong, coupled with the spectacular Big Buddha that awaits you at the top. There is a rather large tourist complex, full to the brim with shops and restaurants. Children may like the novelty ice cream shop, where they can try black (sesame) ice cream.
Prices: HKD$210 for adults, HKD$100 for children up to the age of 11. This includes a standard return cable car ride. For glass-bottomed cars, expect to pay HKD$290 for adults and HKD$180 for children.
See pink dolphins
These dolphins are unique to Hong Kong and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. They are becoming increasingly rare, due to pollution so take the chance to see them whilst you still can. The boat ride out there is quite long, up to 3 hours, which might be a little boring for children but it is worth it once you arrive. There are several operators that run trips out to see the dolphins but the Ngong Ping 360 group offer a travel pass, which includes a cable car ride, a bus tour and an excursion to see the dolphins.
This aquatic themed park often rivals Disney in terms of footfall and is a great option for a day out with kids. You can also get up close and personal with the animals, including shows and exhibitions which change regularly. There are plenty of playgrounds for kids, and some rides to suit all ages. The park is split into two and is connected by a cable car or a train. Of course, the cable car is the most fun but the train is quite an experience too.
Prices: HKD$480 adults, HKD$240 children up to 11.